Panjim: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday said that the government was working towards increasing RTPCR testing capacity to 3,500 per day.
In a series of tweets, Mr Rane said both North Goa District Hospital and South Goa District Hospital would have RTPCR machines with open ended platform for kits so that the variable cost of kits could be reduced.
Stating that tourists were coming to the state as they consider Goa safe, he said,”We want tourism to sustain & businesses to thrive, keeping in mind the safety of the people.”
The Health Minister said expert committee would recommend for strict action against hotels or businesses violating COVID Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
He said the Goa was the only state which was providing free Covid medication.
”Home isolation outreach in the state is greater than 99% & we are the only state providing free COVID medication,” he said.
Rane said the state was well equipped with the cold chain infrastructure and manpower to administer Covid vaccine.
”Dry run for vaccination under the guidance of @MoHFW_INDIA and UNDP has begun. I would like to inform all the citizens that Goa is well-equipped with the entire cold chain infrastructure and manpower to administer COVID vaccine,” he tweeted.
The Health Minister said the state government’s target was to build in house capacity to test UK strain.
”Our target is to build inhouse capacity to test the UK strain. Our past experience have taught us that inhouse committee reduces delays and facilitates quick action. So far, 38 out of 976 travellers have tested positive. The UK strain patients will be treated at ESI hospital,” he added.